How to Disassemble a Nikon D40

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How to Disassemble a Nikon D40
Removing hardware componenets of a camera can help troubleshoot some problems that may arise. (film-camera on camera-bag image by Andrii Oleksiienko from

The Nikon D40 is a very popular digital SLR camera. The quality of the camera body and Nikon's additional lenses allows for the production of high quality digital images. In some cases it may be required to disassemble the camera in order to troubleshoot hardware problems with the Nikon D40.

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Things you need

  • Nikon D40 body cap
  • Philips screwdriver, tip #00 or #0
  • Soldering iron (to desolder two joints)

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  1. 1

    Remove the current Nikon lens from the camera body. Find the mounting index located on the camera body and on the lens. They should be about an inch apart close to the flash of the camera. Press down on the release button that is located on the camera body next to the lens. Hold down and rotate the lens opposite of the arrow indicated (this arrow indicates the direction to turn the lens when it is to be mounted on the camera body). Turn until the mounting index lines up, then remove the lens.

  2. 2

    Place a body cap on camera and the rear lens cap on the Nikon lens and place the lens aside.

  3. 3

    Remove the screws that are on the bottom panel. There are 11 screws securing the bottom of the Nikon D40. Once the screws are removed, the bottom panel below the lens can be taken off. The major part of the bottom panel will not be able to be removed just yet.

  4. 4

    Remove the screws on either side of the camera and slide off the back and base of the camera. This will all come off in one complete piece.

  5. 5

    Lift up the LCD screen and disconnect the screen from the camera body. The will be attached to the camera body by a single tan ribbon. Once the LCD screen is removed, the back metal plate in the camera will be exposed.

  6. 6

    Remove the two solder joints that are securing the metal plate to the motherboard. One of the solder joints is located toward the centre of the plate and the second is located toward the top of the camera body by the flash.

  7. 7

    Remove the four screws that secure the motherboard in place. The screws are located on each of the corners of the board. Once completed, you can completely remove the motherboard from the camera. Underneath will be the sensory board.

  8. 8

    Remove the four screws that secure the sensory board in place. The screws are located in each of the corners of the board. Once completed, you can remove the sensory board. Once you have completed this, your Nikon D40 will be completely disassembled.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure that before you complete any of the steps above you have removed the memory card, removed any pictures that you may need from the hardware and turned off the camera.
  • Also, please note that these steps may void any warranty issued by Nikon.

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